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Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkits Available for Order

Earth Science Week 2011 will be celebrated October 9–15. To give you plenty of time to prepare, the American Geological Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the 2011 Earth Science Week Toolkit, which contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's theme of "Our Ever-Changing Earth." The…


Added by Kim Lightle on May 18, 2011 at 10:15am — No Comments

Field trial recruiting for the GEMS/MARE Ocean Sciences Sequence for Grades 6–8

This new curriculum will provide middle school students with an engaging look at how the ocean impacts life on Earth. The units address a broad range of science standards, including National Science Education Standards, Ocean Literacy Essential Principles, and a range of state standards. The program is being developed with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and with the participation of scientists from NOAA, the Rutgers University Institute of Marine…


Added by Kim Lightle on April 29, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

Earth: The Operator's Manual (ETOM)

Seems appropriate to add this post on Earth Day.


Last Sunday night, 10 April, PBS aired a one-hour special on climate change and sustainable energy, called Earth: The Operators' Manual (ETOM). ETOM has a website with segments that are available for download - visit  the Earth: The Operators' Manual website and download. Here teachers will find ways to use the…


Added by Kim Lightle on April 22, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

EduBlog Teacher Challenge

Educator-friendly EduBlogs is sponsoring the Teacher Challenge, a series of themed posts that guide participants toward goals like "30 days to get your students blogging" or "30 days to ensuring privacy and student safety on the Web."This month's challenge introduces you to 30 web tools that can support good teaching. The archive of all the past Teacher Challenge posts are available …


Added by Kim Lightle on April 22, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Stephen Colbert To Award Research Competition Prize - Looking for More Than Truthiness

From Education Week - April 19, 2011

Fans of education data-mining—or comedian Stephen Colbert—take notice: A new research competition with a host of edu-celebrity judges could land you a trip to "Colbert Nation."

DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that pairs teachers' classroom requests for equipment and resources with contributors, has opened its database to researchers and "data-crunchers" with a …


Added by Kim Lightle on April 19, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

PhET looking for middle school teachers to provide feedback

PhET is currently developing interactive simulations for middle school. We’re looking for middle school teachers who would be willing to provide occasional feedback to help us develop new and revised simulations specifically targeted at 5th-8th grade students.

- Know a middle school teacher? Please forward them this email.

- Are you a middle school teacher? We want your help to make great simulations for your classroom! If you would like to participate,…


Added by Kim Lightle on April 14, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Celebrating Earth Day in Your School or Community

Are you elevating “green actions” to show your interest in the environment? Earth Day, April 22, is the perfect occasion for your best “green activity” and Nickolodeon wants to contribute. If you have an Earth Day event that is scheduled to happen before April 5, contact Maitland.Lachman@mtvstaff.com. Maitland has flip cams to capture footage of events that feature kids, classes, organizations, or schools with interesting…


Added by Kim Lightle on March 31, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments

Measure the Circumference of the Earth - Join the Noon Day Project

The Goal of the Noon Day Project is to have students measure the circumference of the earth using a method that was first used by Eratosthenes over 2000 years ago. Students at various sites around the world will measure shadows cast by a meter stick and compare their results. From this data students will be able to calculate the circumference of the earth.


Watch as Carl Sagan describes the…


Added by Kim Lightle on March 16, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

NSTA Member Input Sought on Draft Position Statement: 21st-Century Skills and Science Learning

If you are a member of NSTA - please think about providing feedback.

A team of science educators has developed a new NSTA position statement acknowledging the value of 21st-century skills within the context of science education. The statement advocates for the science education community to support 21st-century skills consistent with best practices across a science education system and notes…


Added by Kim Lightle on March 1, 2011 at 9:35am — No Comments

Register for the Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair will be open to 13-18 year old students. Students can enter individually or in small teams. The focus of the Google Science Fair is on STEM projects. Google's partners in this project include National Geographic, CERN, NASA, Scientific American, and LEGO. Teachers can register now to receive free resource kits, bookmarks, stickers, posters, and notification when registration for the… Continue

Added by Kim Lightle on December 6, 2010 at 9:41am — No Comments

Campaign for cash and fruit

Del Monte has come up with a new way to get cash and healthy eating messages into classrooms! Check it out -

Teacher Monday - Cash for Classrooms

Teachers, you must be registered so your fans can vote for you. Then tell us a little about yourself and type/paste a short description (400 words maximum) about what you will use the funds for and how you plan to incorporate healthy eating messages into your classroom curriculum. Then, tell all your students, parents, friends and… Continue

Added by Kim Lightle on October 7, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments

Write for Principal Leadership Magazine

Share your experience, practices, and stories by writing for Principal Leadership magazine. Two of the upcoming issues might be especially suitable for our members.

April 2011
A Good Look at the Hard Sciences
What is the state of secondary education with regard to practices in science, mathematics, and engineering? Hear from the experts, advocates, and practitioners about what is and what…


Added by Kim Lightle on October 4, 2010 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Contribute Your Expertise to the Next Generation of Science Education Standards

The draft science education standards framework has been released - please consider reviewing and providing feedback.


Added by Kim Lightle on July 15, 2010 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Safely Recycling eWaste


I think most of us are trying to do the right thing when it comes to recycling all those old computer pieces and parts, cell phones, and other techie geegaws. Thought you might be interested in this article from Popular Mechanics that describes new standards for ewaste.

Excerpt from article - So just what should you do with the gadgets that are completely beyond repair?… Continue

Added by Kim Lightle on June 1, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

Let's Present with Prezi! Webinar Recording and Resources

We had a really good webinar yesterday with four educators talking about how they are using Prezi in their teaching and professional development work. Hope you check it out! http://bit.ly/ckDlPg

Added by Kim Lightle on May 27, 2010 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Food Pulper Replaces Garbage Disposal

The Power of Pulp! This article talks about how Ohio State University is diverting waste from a new building on campus by the addition of a food pulper, which mashes up organic
waste and turns it into a byproduct that can be recovered and used in
multiple ways.
The article also talks about OSU's new biogas facility. Very green!


Added by Kim Lightle on May 26, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gallon of Gas Plus Air Makes for Plenty of Pollution

Our local paper runs the Car Talk column - this one was really great. I knew those car talk guys were smart - but they could be chemistry teachers!

Dear Tom and Ray:

I've heard that each gallon of gas burned by a car releases about 20 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.
I'm not a chemist, but even allowing for some creative reactions and recombinations going on, how does combusting about six and a half pounds of fuel turn into 20 pounds of CO2? I can't quite get the… Continue

Added by Kim Lightle on May 24, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Just How Big is the Oil Spill in the Gulf?

This fascinating in a scary way. One of the Google Maps engineers designed an image of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that you can move over any city including your own to give you an idea of how large an area the spill is covering. You need Google Earth plugin to see it right on the web page. See http://paulrademacher.com/oilspill/.

Added by Kim Lightle on May 10, 2010 at 5:08pm — No Comments

The Marshmallow Challenge

I just watched a really fun and insightful video on TED.com - hope you take a few minutes and watch it.

Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average?


Added by Kim Lightle on April 29, 2010 at 9:47am — No Comments

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